If you are a free-thinking human being, then the likelihood is high that you value your ability to express your ideas.
Whether those ideas are in the form of speech, pictures, video or opinion… the form really doesn’t matter… does it?
What’s important is your freedom and ability to express yourself… and more than that… express yourself without fear of reprisal…
Now, we’re not saying there should be no place to discuss, debate and even disagree with the ideas of others… of course there should, that is what it means to be part of free society.
But, let’s not get too far off track…
Let’s be honest, humans have been expressing themselves since the dawn of time. Much of this expression can be classified as art.
Art is one of those things that have maintained an ever-lasting presence throughout human history. If you try tracking human history — from 36,000 years ago to this day, art has constantly been there.
From cave paintings of buffalos to the most recent photoshopped sunset for Instagram, we have been trying to capture images for ages. The same is true with music, wooden carvings, stone figurines and more.
Let’s think about more modern types of art…
These days, it seems like every person walking the streets has a cell phone. This means that every good, bad or ugly thing is instantly recorded and uploaded to YouTube or some other social media outlet.
Thanks to modern technology, these videos can not only be streamed live to a platform like YouTube, but with the latest editing software, ‘the sky’s the limit’ as to what you can post.
Thanks to the internet, art, in all its forms can be shared more easily than ever.
Only a few decades ago, art existed in nearly all the same forms in which it does today. However, distributing it was much more difficult. Whether you used vinyl, tapes or CDs, you still needed hardware to share it around. Thanks to technology, this is no longer the case today.
As we all know, art can be shared as data now, which can be stored online in the forms of 1s and 0s.
Even more importantly perhaps, this art, in all its forms, can not only be stored on the web, but it can be shared with family, friends or frankly anyone across the globe.
This all sounds amazing right?
This all sounds like something my elementary school aged grandchildren make use of, quite honestly, even better than their parents!
Right now you might be asking yourself… what does this have to do with cryptocurrency?
A fair question… let’s start to bring that into perspective…
Modern technology is great. It helps us organize our lives, keeps us in contact with each other at the push of a button, it allows us to share our thoughts, experiences and feelings with people around the world in real time…
However, as helpful as technology can be, it can also be a double-edged sword.
Inherently, technology is neither good nor bad, it is how that technology is put to use that is good or bad.
Couple that with the fact that who controls the technology matters.
If a particular type of technology is controlled by a centralized entity, like YouTube or other various social media platforms… that leaves open the opportunity to silence voices with opinions that you may not agree with.
Now some people may think that this totalitarian level of control is fine… that is until it’s their voice that gets silenced.
Let The Censorship Begin
While censorship of ideas, speech and truth is not a new concept and has certainly been used by many a government and dictator since practically the beginning of time, in recent years it has taken on a whole new meaning.
Major social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to name but a few, have been waging a censorship war against its users and even major political figures and businesses they disagree with.
This has been vividly evident in the 2020 U.S. Presidential election and of course with information relating to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
These social media giants have deleted information from users that IT DEEMS INAPPROPRIATE.
Who the hell are they?
Who made them the arbiters of ‘truth?’
The answer to that question is quite simple… THEY DID!
They impose their forms of censorship, while claiming it is to ‘protect their users.’
To confound the issue further, they spin their censorship by highlighting opinions or even facts in some cases by placing ‘Fact Checking’ notifications near certain posts and videos.
However, they fail to ‘protect their users’ as they harvest user information and sell it to the highest bidder… and that is by far, the least offensive thing that they do with user information!
No… we are not kidding… you can read more about that type of activity here. That of course leads many people to have concerns for their privacy while online. If you feel this way, you’re not alone, read about a survey that reveals that many online users are concerned for their privacy here.
Defending Free Expression
Now, we will be the first to admit that there are definitely things that people post online which we, and probably most people of common sense would deem wholly inappropriate.
That being said, there needs to be a balance between what is considered appropriate and a person’s right to free speech… perhaps even one that is weighted in favor of the individual’s freedom of speech and whatever he/she is posting for information, pictures or art.
Unfortunately, as long as these platforms are designed and controlled by a centralized entity, there will ALWAYS be censorship in one form or another.
So what options do ‘we the people’ have to stop our views from being wiped off the internet?
For the first time in history, the average person has the ability to speak ‘their truth’ and not have it censored by some arbitrary individual at a big company.
These avenues come in the form of decentralized, blockchain based platforms.
We need to start using decentralized platforms.
There are several out there currently. As this emerging technology continues to develop, you can plainly see that some operate better than others. But, most, if not all, use some form of blockchain technology.
A sufficiently decentralized blockchain is censorship resistant and immutable.
In a nut shell, this means that once something is posted on a blockchain, it cannot be removed or altered… and if the blockchain is a public one, whatever is posted, is there for everyone who wants to see it.
Enter The Future
There is little debate that the blockchain and cryptocurrency space has brought innovation to the masses.
These improvements and innovations in technology give people around the world the opportunity to remove themselves from the platforms that would stifle their voices and censor their ideas.
To that end we are going to highlight just a few of the projects within the space. These projects provide users the opportunity to get their ideas out into the world without fear of them being removed. All of this, while helping to increase adoption of these emerging platforms and spreading the use of blockchain, decentralized ledger technology and of course, cryptocurrency.
Want another reason to use these platforms?
How about the fact most allow you to earn while you use them…
Talk about win… win…
Please note that as we review these platforms, we are doing so in no particular order. Furthermore, we are providing you an overview of each… we plan to do a more in-depth overview on each one… and likely many more as the space matures. Now that that’s out of the way… let’s get started…
First up is SoMee. SoMee is basically a blockchain based Facebook. It has a similar look and feel and it allows you to earn while using the platform.
For those who are already or are looking to become influencers… SoMee has you covered. You can either referred to the platform as an influencer or complete the application to get that status.
Finally, SoMee also has a social dashboard which allows you to schedule and post on the platform. This social dashboard operates much like Hootsuite.
Think SoMee might be for you, come and check us out there…
One of our favorite decentralized platforms is LBRY. LBRY is a blockchain based, censorship resistant file sharing site.
Are you a YouTube creator?
Then LBRY has you covered… you can migrate your YouTube Channel over to LBRY.
This platform is constantly evolving. They have launched Odysee… this is like the equivalent of YouTube.TV.
Did we also tell you that this is on the blockchain… censorship resistant… yep, if you are a creator, you need this platform… register here.
Do you live stream on YouTube?
Then this blockchain based platform is for you.
DLive is hit the blockchain in September of 2018 and there was no looking back. This platform continues to grow and even provides users a mobile app.
Where To From Here
So if your privacy online is important… if your right to voice your opinion online without fear of censorship or reprisal is important… if you want to help create mass adoption of blockchain and cryptocurrency…
Then you know what to do…
Start using these platforms… share them with your friends and family and encourage them to share it too.
We’ll see you on the blockchain!